n To Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network for relocating its area sales and service center as well as about 30 employees to a downtown Traverse City office. The insurance company has done the same in other Michigan cities, including Lansing, Grand Rapids and downtown Detroit, where 3,000 suburban workers were moved downtown.
n To the National Park Service for organizing an avian botulism task force of volunteers to keep an eye on area bird die-offs. Their volunteer work has been grim and tragic of late. One volunteer found 99 dead loons on a Benzie County beach last week. Another buried 83 dead loons, on another Benzie beach.
n To the Frankfort Film Festival for its 4th annual film festival that started Thursday and ended Sunday. Not only did the festival screen 13 films, including seven foreign films, it also offered an opportunity to show off the art-deco Garden Theatre and the continuing restoration work done by the theater's four owners and its band of dedicated volunteers. Renovations since the last festival include a new $75,000 digital projector, a surround sound system and restoration of a 40-foot-long mural on the back interior all.
n To the Children's House, an independent Montessori school along North Lake Road for its kitchen classroom that chooses six children a week from the lower and upper elementary grades and takes them through the step of washing, preparing, cooking and presenting healthy meals. They also help prepare 60 to 90 lunches a day and snacks for the school's 230 students.
n To Frank Noverr, the 2012 winner of the TART Trails' Jim Mudgett Trail Pioneer Award. Noverr was instrumental in the development of the Leelanau Trail in 1995. More recently, he funded a successful $37,500 challenge match to help reach the $500,000 campaign goal to pave the trail. The Jim Mudgett Award was created to honor and pay tribute to individuals who have shown leadership and passion for local trails.
n To the vandal or vandals who caused the deaths of 5,700 coho salmon at the Platte River Fish Hatchery this month. Workers found 5,130 adult salmon and 570 small jacks, or yearlings, dead in a maturation pond Oct. 5. Investigators found a club, heavy-duty fishing line and large treble hooks near the pond. Hatchery manager Ed Eisch said authorities suspect that someone trying to catch a fish spooked the salmon into blocking a fresh-water source, which deprived them of oxygen.
Editorial: Exchange students offer a look at wider horizons
The issue: Traverse City schools still looking for families to host Chinese exchange students. Our view: While not for everyone, the exchange experience can be rewarding for students and families alike.Continued ...
Editorial: Division Street strikes again
By pure luck, the debate over what to do about Division Street doesn’t today include a double pedestrian fatality.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/25/2014
Vote for what matters; No benefit to residents.Continued ...
Forum: Boat launch editorial overly simplistic
The July 17 editorial portraying the dispute over a proposed boat launch in Old Mission as being about open access is overly simplistic and inaccurate.Continued ...
Another View: Macomb Township wrong to target political signs
It’s election season, and races for the Aug. 5 primary and the November general election are heating up.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/24/2014
Teach the truth; Ethical and honest.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 22, 2014
- Poll: Are sidewalk cafes in TC being properly controlled?
Another View: Sex offender case will force policy change
Evidence emerging from a federal case is showing Minnesota’s policy on sex offenders must change.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/23/2014
Earned, not given; A license to talk?Continued ...
Editorial: Sidewalk dining changes should take effect now
You’re usually supposed to look before you leap, but in Traverse City this summer you also need to keep an eye out for tables, chairs, strollers and dog leashes as you walk along some stretches of downtown.Continued ...
- Monday, July 21, 2014
Another View: Taxpayers should be enraged over waste
Estimates by federal agencies that they in effect threw away nearly $100 billion last year should infuriate taxpayers.Continued ...
Another View: Jail study essential to determine strategy
It comes as encouraging news that the Vigo County Council might include in its 2015 budget significant funding for an expert and neutral study of what can be done to replace or enhance the existing county jail.Continued ...
Editorial: Suing for money inmates don't have is wasted effort
To hear Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley tell it, a Sheriff’s Department policy to sue to collect $20 daily housing fees from jail inmates isn’t an effort to “squeeze blood out of a turnip.”Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/22/2014
Wake them up; Mind our own business.Continued ...
- Poll: Should GT jail sue to collect daily inmate housing fees?
To the Grand Traverse Conservation District, which was to run guided kayak trips over the weekend on the Boardman River from Scheck’s State Campground to the Brown Bridge Quiet Area.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/21/2014
Political calls don’t count; Remembering Ranger Jim.Continued ...
- Poll: Has report resolved issues concerning removal of dams?
- Sunday, July 20, 2014
Editorial: Many questions remain on dam removal plans
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report on plans to remove the Boardman and Sabin dams from the Boardman River sounds reassuring.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/20/2014
Rename Presidents Day; Women have served.Continued ...
Forum: Less talk, more action about climate change
I serve electric cooperative members on both sides of the climate change argument. Some days, I tire of the argument.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Weird world of Michigan congressional races
There’s been a lot of attention paid to Michigan’s bizarrely gerrymandered 14th congressional district, which snakes from the Grosse Pointes to far-out Pontiac in a gerrymandered effort to pack as many Democrats together as possible.Continued ...
George Weeks: Attack ads abound in state, federal races
With approach of the Aug. 5 primaries, attack ads are escalating in state and federal races across northern airways.Continued ...
- Friday, July 18, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 07/19/2014
Not a ‘disorder’; Homeless, cherries; Win the primary first.Continued ...
Fact Check: Rep. says '74 percent of Republicans support ACA'
From the day it was passed in 2010 without a single Republican vote, President Barack Obama’s health care law has polarized Americans by party affiliation: Most Democrats support it, most Republicans oppose it.Continued ...
- Editorial: Exchange students offer a look at wider horizons